Holding the office of King’s Justice, which is the title of the royal executioner, Ser Ilyn Payne once served as captain of the guard to Lord Tywin. A boast regarding his master’s influence over the Mad King led Aerys to have his tongue torn out. Payne has become a frightening figure: tall, mostly bald with a few very long wisps of hair, gaunt, grim, and with very piercing and frightening eyes. Without a tongue, he cannot speak, but he occasionally laughs in a disconcerting manner. His armor and clothing is plain and not well-cared for, but his executioner’s sword is.